The Blob

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Overview

In his first starring role, Steve McQueen plays a typical oversexed, car-lovin' highschooler who can't get anyone to believe his story about a huge meteor, which crashes to earth and begins exuding a pink, gooey substance. Affixing itself to the body of an old man, the "blob" begins parasitically sucking the life out of several unfortunate humans, growing to an enormous size. Problem is, the disappearances of the victims can all be explained one is supposed to be out of town, another is attending a convention, so...
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Overview

In his first starring role, Steve McQueen plays a typical oversexed, car-lovin' highschooler who can't get anyone to believe his story about a huge meteor, which crashes to earth and begins exuding a pink, gooey substance. Affixing itself to the body of an old man, the "blob" begins parasitically sucking the life out of several unfortunate humans, growing to an enormous size. Problem is, the disappearances of the victims can all be explained one is supposed to be out of town, another is attending a convention, so the cops still won't believe McQueen or his girlfriend Aneta Corsaut the future Helen Crump of The Andy Griffith Show. Rallying his teen pals, McQueen finally manages to get the adults' attention-but by now, the Blob is consuming entire city blocks. In 1972, the sequel Beware the Blob followed.
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Special Features

New 4K digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields; Blobabilia!, a gallery of collector Wes Shank's trove of rare stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!) and other ephemera; Trailer; Plus: an essay by critic Kim Newman
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
One of the more memorable low-budget 1950s monster movies, The Blob deals with a gelatinous alien mass which gobbles up a small town, growing bigger as it feeds on human beings. Steve McQueen is the good-hearted juvenile delinquent (okay, so he was 28) who tries to warn the adults, but they don't listen. This Pennsylvania-shot chiller has a number of well-done scenes, including an attack on a movie theater showing Daughter of Horror, as well as the standard drag-racing and other teenage hijinks. Aneta Corsaut plays McQueen's girlfriend, and Olin Howland is the old man with the stick in the film's creepy opening sequence. Kitschy, but fun, the film was followed by Son of Blob in 1972 and remade in 1988.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • UPC: 715515103312
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: A
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,920

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Steve Andrews
Aneta Corsaut Jane Martin
Earl Rowe Dave
Olin Howland Old Man
Stephen Chase Dr. Hallen
John Benson Sergeant Jim Bert
George Karas Officer Ritchie
Lee Paton Kate, the nurse
Elbert Smith Henry Martin
Vincent Barbi George
Audrey Metcalf Elizabeth Martin
Jasper Deeter Civil Defense Volunteer
Elinor Hammer Hammer Mrs. Porter
Pamela Curran teenager
Ralph Roseman auto mechanic
Julie Cousins waitress
Kieth Almoney Danny Martin
Robert Fields Tony Gressette
James Bonnet Mooch Miller
Anthony Franke Al
Molly Ann Bourne teenager
Diane Tabban teenager
Charlie Overdorff
David Metcalf
Josh Randolph
George Gerbereck
Eugene Sabel
Hugh Graham
Tom Ogden
Stephen Oates
Vivian Ogden
Olin Howlin Old Man
Tovert Fields
Technical Credits
Irvin Shortess Yeaworth Jr. Director
Burt Bacharach Score Composer, Songwriter
Ralph Carmichael Score Composer
Mack David Songwriter
Hal David Songwriter
Russell S. Doughten Jr. Associate Producer
Jack H. Harris Producer
Alfred Hillman Editor
Bill Jersey Art Director
Karl Karlson Art Director
Vin Kehoe Makeup
Kay Linaker Screenwriter
Theodore Simonson Screenwriter
Barton Sloane Special Effects
Bert Smith Asst. Director
Thomas E. Spalding Cinematographer
Jean Yeaworth Score Composer
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  • Posted July 14, 2014

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    This blu-ray restoration is excellent. Gee whiz, I miss the 19

    This blu-ray restoration is excellent. Gee whiz, I miss the 1950's innocence and, and, girls in full skirts and petticoats. Gone forever, except maybe in Japan. Anyway, I used to sing the theme song to my kids, and they still sing it to me decades later. The movie is absolutely gooey, alright, but just plausible enough to fully enjoy. I am so old that I can remember the effects of the hypnotic opening on theater audiences. The title song come right out and admits this is a Fun House. Being a fan, I find all the remakes and sequels NOT FUN. People's bodies are not just snatched, but digested until they look like that Pink Slime stuff used in hamburger beef, except more transparent. Yummy delights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Run, It's the Blob!

    &quot The Blob&quot is an excellent sci-fi horror movie. Admittedly, its special effects aren't in the league of today's horror movies. But it doesn't matter. This movie has a great story. It's not so much about the horrifying monster as it is about a group of teenagers trying to convince their hometown that a monster has invaded it. The movie is deliberately paced by today's standards but its suspense is nerve-tingling. Steve McQueen gives an outstanding performance. I saw &quot The Blob&quot as a kid but I didn't realize how good it is until I watched it the other day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Blob of funnies!

    This movie is hilarious! when I first saw it I lauhged like crazy! the blob looked so fake! it was probably just a bunch of jelly. but the movie itself was great. the actors were pretty good. but just one thing: if people say that the quality stinks, then you should buy it somewhere else. But just be sure to buy it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fun film but TERRIBLE quality DVD

    The movie is kitsch fun but go with the Criterion or other version. This one looks like it was pirated (and it IS pirated because it's a DVD-R with a cheap paper label) off TV with no good reception or a worn VHS copy. These people should be investigated for copyright violation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Media quality sucks

    Great movie but the DVD I received is the worst I've ever seen. It looks like the master was a worn out blockbuster VHS rental.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ignore the B&N ''official'' review!

    This movie is great! When I first saw it, I was scared out of my mind. For weeks, I was afraid to walk in dark spaces and I avoided eating jelly. So, yeah, the special effects are cheezy; HELLO, the movie was made fifty years ago. The plot is great; think about it! If you found a scary, alien blob, would anyone believe you? And the theme song is fabulous! You won't be able to stop humming it!

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